- Crime & Thriller
The paperback of MacManus' brilliant historical novel: as the threat of war escalates in Berlin 1938, might clandestine love hold the key to an unlikely peace?
Berlin, 1938. Newly-appointed military attaché Noel Macrae and his extrovert wife Primrose arrive at the British Embassy. Prime Minister Chamberlain is intent on placating Nazi Germany, but Macrae is less so. Convinced Hitler can be stopped by other means than appeasement, he soon discovers he is not the only dissenting voice in the Embassy and finds that some senior officers in the German military are prepared to turn against the Fuhrer.
Gathering vital intelligence, Macrae is drawn to Kitty Schmidt’s Salon (a Nazi bordello) and its enigmatic Jewish hostess Sara Sternschein—a favourite of sadistic Gestapo boss Reinhard Heydrich. Sara is a treasure-trove of knowledge about the Nazi hierarchy in a city of lies, spies and secrets. Does she hold the key to thwarting Hitler or is Macrae just being manipulated by her whilst his wife romantically pursues his most important German military contact, Florian Koenig?
In James MacManus’ absorbing new novel the author evokes a time and place when the personal and political stakes could not be higher and where the urge for peaceful compromise conflicts with higher ideals and a vicious regime bent on war. As loyalties are stretched to the limit and Europe slides towards another war, could just one act of great courage and sacrifice change everything?
'As pacey as any modern thriller but with a touch of the Edwardian adventure yarn. Midnight in Berlin is a vivid portrait of an entire city in turmoil, seething with intrigue and danger'
'A cracking novel which totally grips' Daily Mail
‘Fast-paced… builds a great story and portrays a city on the edge’ The Lady
'Proves historical fiction’s superb purposes: to reflect what might have been and induce reflection on what may be' Washington Times
'What can I say about this book except that it ticks all the right boxes?' Historical Novel Society
- ‘Midnight in Berlin is a gripping, atmospheric thriller... Fans of Philip Kerr and David Downing will love it’ Roger Moorhouse, author of Berlin at War
- ‘The plot is utterly riveting’ Edward Wilson, author of A Very British Ending
- ‘A clever weaving of fact and fiction in the darkening world of the late 1930s’ David Young, author of Stasi Child
- ‘This book lived with me long after I’d finished’ Diney Costeloe, author of The Throwaway Child
'Midnight in Berlin is a terrific read, one that not only entertains, but educates. And that is the mark of a truly good piece of historical fiction' Melissa Marsh, author of Nebraska P.O.W Camps
'A gripping period piece… accurate and evocative... if life is sometimes stranger than fiction this must be one of its best examples' Glyn Ford, Tribune
'This book reads like part literary thriller, part old war movie, with a strong sense of pace and compelling characters' Bookbag
'James MacManus’ absorbing new novel evokes a time and place when the personal and political stakes could not be higher and where the urge for peaceful compromise conflicts with higher ideals and a vicious regime bent on war' Nudge Books
'Here is a well-informed, smoothly crafted, fast-paced novel based closely on events in Berlin during the crucial months of 1938-39, and the European politics leading inevitably to war. ... If you like good historical fiction, and have a penchant for international politics and an interest in the rise of Hitler and life in the diplomatic world of Germany on the brink of war, this is a recommended read – emotions and all' Portland Book Review
'Detailed yet quick-moving...[a] tense, morally charged narrative' Kirkus
'Highly entertain[ing] and deeply engag[ing]… magnificent' -San Francisco Book Review (5 Stars)
‘This novel is WW2 fiction at its finest!... it really is an education on the era. The secrecy, lies and desperation for information flow from the page. This novel brings Berlin to life’ Anne Bonny Book Reviews